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The 2004 Alternate Oscars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 24 February 2004 18:00
For the past couple of years, as a prelude to the Academy Awards presentation (scheduled to air on ABC at 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 29), I’ve devoted an article to re-constructing the top six Oscar categories, replacing what I felt were unworthy contenders with my own personal preferences; this enabled me to extoll the virtues of the deserving while also allowing me to whine, “Why the hell didn’t Naomi Watts get noticed for Mulholland Dr.?” And before this year’s contenders were announced in late January, I was already writing my annual article in my head: “Where’s Johnny Depp’s nomination? And what about Keisha Castle-Hughes? And how about Marcia Gay Harden and Shohreh Aghdashloo and Fernando Meirelles?” And then what did the Academy go and do? They nominated them all.

 
"50 First Dates" Leave Nothing but Despair: Also, "The Cooler" and "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 17 February 2004 18:00

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates50 FIRST DATES

Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates is about a man who falls in love with a woman suffering from short-term memory loss, a condition the filmmakers must think afflicts their audience as well.

 
"Miracle" Too Calculated to Be Enjoyable: Also, "The Big Bounce" and "The Perfect Score" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 10 February 2004 18:00

Kurt Russell in MiracleMIRACLE

Although I’m generally a sucker for triumph-of-the-underdog sports flicks – 1986’s Hoosiers remains my favorite – and was all set to have a good sniffle at Miracle, the movie is so cynically programmed to be a lump-in-the-throat audience-pleaser that I found it all too easy to resist.

 
Theron’s Impending Oscar Win Deserved for "Monster": Also, "The Butterfly Effect" and "Torque" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 03 February 2004 18:00

Christina Ricci and Charlize Theron in MonsterMONSTER

In all honesty, I was rather dreading Patty Jenkins’ Monster, the much-lauded drama that has received nearly universal acclaim (and a Best Actress Golden Globe) for star Charlize Theron.

 
Hollywood’s Latest Crop a Predictable Lot: "Along Came Polly," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!", "Disney's Teacher's Pet," and "Calendar Girls" PDF Print E-mail
Reviews
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 27 January 2004 18:00

Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in Along Came PollyALONG CAME POLLY

There’s a pretty funny movie lurking within Along Came Polly, but unfortunately, it bears little relation to the slack and obvious one Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston are stuck in.

 
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